Talk:Ekoka ǃKung

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Talk page at "!Xung language" (orphaned)[edit]

why there is a "!" beside Xu? kt2 00:10 17 Jun 2003 (UTC)

It's a click (an alveolar one, I think...) Adam Bishop 00:16 17 Jun 2003 (UTC)
It's a letter in the !Xu language and many other related languages. It is also used in IPA to represent the same sound. (I actually thought it was a lateral click, but User:Adam Bishop might just as well be right and it might be an alveolar one.) -- Timwi 13:20 17 Jun 2003 (UTC)
The letter !x is a single consonant in and of itself. This is why one shouldn't just drop the !: the resulting meaning is different. The click indicated by !x is phonetically a lamino-palatal voiceless click with velar-affricated release. thefamouseccles 23:57 22 Sep 2003 (UTC)

There is a redirect to this page from !Kung language. Are these really identical? See http://endor.hsutx.edu/~obiwan/profiles/!kungchart.html for a reference. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 213.253.40.221 (talkcontribs).

Yes, these are really identical. !Xu is the phonetic spelling of the word in the !Xu language. The transliteration used by most anthropologists is !Kung; however, it'd be like calling French "Frawnsai" (the pronunciation of the French word for their language: français). !Xu is more accurate in terms of the language, and any language with !Kung in the name (for instance !O!Kung, forest !Kung) has a synonym with !Xu in the name (in this case, !o!xu~). thefamouseccles 22:14 16 Oct 2003 (UTC)

Is this page the same as the Xoo page? If so, they should be merged under the !Xu language page... -- 65.248.217.217 23:37, 5 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Nope - !Kung and !Xoo are two different languages. There are more than thirty Khoisan languages, some of which have very different names (!Kung is different from !O !Kung, too). thefamouseccles 04:29 05 Apr 2004 (UTC)